Have you seen Molly? The "club drug" popping up in SWFL
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FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Have you seen Molly? It is a common phrase going around with teens and young adults. You’ll tend to find her at concerts, parties and spring break scenes.
We’ve heard about them all and have seen what they can do. Substances like heroin, cocaine and marijuana aren’t strangers to our area. But right now, abuse counselors say the “it” drug is named molly and said she’s attacking Southwest Florida with a vengeance.
If Molly, the so called “pure” form of MDMA or Ecstasy rings a bell, it is because she’s been popping up in club scenes and in popular music across the country. Emily Naranjo is a substance abuse counselor with the David Lawrence center in Naples and said the drug has been around for decades but dealers are giving it a new, fresh and clean appeal.
“When people are asking, where is Molly? Have you seen Molly? It makes it seem like the girl next door and we think of the girl next door as harmless, they are really pushing that, its’ really not true.” Naranjo said.
To double the quantity and increase effects Naranjo said manufacturers are mixing molly with extremely dangerous substances.
“We’ve had a few people who tested positive not just for MDMA but bath salts and when we confronted them about the results they were very very surprised and actually admitted to taking Molly's.” Naranjo said.
She said Molly isn’t hard to find in Southwest Florida.
“We are definitely seeing a lot of young people reporting the use of Molly.” Naranjo said.
Austin Pflager is just one of thousands of college kids who visit Fort Myers Beach and said Molly definitely gets around.
“I think it’s popular around college kids because it’s something to do instead of sitting around being boring when you’re on spring break.” Pflager said.
“They feel Euphoria they’re much more sensitive to how other people are feeling, it elevates their heart rate they can keep the party going, that’s basically what it does.” Counselor Emily Naranjo said.
This party starter comes with big risk. Drug counselor Emily Naranjo said mixing molly with music, crowds and alcohol isn’t only a dangerous but deadly combination.
“People have been known to have seizures, go into comas, there are electrolyte abnormalities, people will have cardiac arrest.” Naranjo said.
Once you find Molly, she is hard to get rid of.
“It does have addictive qualities to it. People will eventually build a tolerance to it. So people will start to take more in order to feel the same sort of effect or high they want.” Naranjo said. “You could have issues with depression, anxiety which could be long lasting.” Naranjo said.
Counselors said it is hard to trace where Molly is made because it is most likely coming in from European countries. To learn more about MDMA and the effects click on the big red 4.